Scholarships

 

Procedures for Department of Music Scholarship Applications


For Students:

  • Click HERE to access the common application form
  • Scholarship applications require submission of an unofficial transcript
  • Competition recitals require submission of print-ready program information (singers must include translations). Your applied teacher must approve the print-ready recital program information before you submit your competition application. Make sure you proof your information carefully
    • Competitions require published scores. Plan ahead to make sure you have these well before the competition day. If your pieces are in the public domain, you may submit bound scores from IMSLP
    • If you need help writing your supportive statement(s) please see a member of the scholarship committee or talk to a faculty member who can assist
    • Present yourself as luminously as possible. Promote yourself and your accomplishments as a performer, scholar, or future educator. Discuss your financial situation where appropriate

For Faculty:

  • Click HERE to submit the department nomination form along with letters of recommendation that mention the specific scholarship by name. This is especially important for scholarships that are decided upon outside of the Department. It is fine to use the same letter (or nearly so) for different scholarships, but tailoring the letter to a specific scholarship helps your recommended student in the end 

Fall 2018 Scholarships

 

Henry Sanborn Music Scholarship

Award: $3,823

Eligibility:

  • Full-time Music Major in Voice or Piano
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate their contribution to the Department of Music
  • Winners must be able to perform at the winner's recital at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Process:          

Application Deadlines:

Voice Application Due Date: Friday, October 5th, 5:00 p.m.

Piano Application Due Date: Friday, October 12th, 5:00 p.m.

Audition Dates:

Preliminary Voice Auditions: Thursday, October 11th, 11:00 a.m.

Final Voice Auditions (3-4 singers): Thursday, October 18th, 11:00 a.m.

Piano Auditions: Thursday, October 18th, 11:00 a.m.

Recital Date: Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, 7:30pm, Recital Hall

 

Peggy Friedmann Gordon Music Competition

Award: 1st place $1,000; 2nd place $650; 3rd place $350

Eligibility: 

  • Full-time student Undergraduate Music Major
  • Currently enrolled in applied music lessons
  • Sponsored by applied faculty member
  • Winners must be available to perform at the winner’s recital at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
  • 1st-place winners of the 2017 Friedmann-Gordon and of the 2018 Lieberman competitions are not eligible

Process:

  • Complete the Common Application form
  • Submit most recent transcript(s)
  • All application materials may be sent to Prof. Jason Rigby, Department of Music:
  • Selection made by audition

Audition Requirements:     Friedmann Gordon Audition Fact Sheet

  • Contestant must prepare at least 30 minutes of music: a minimum of 2 contrasting pieces, of which 10-15 minutes will be heard (the judges are at liberty to stop and start as they see fit)
  • First piece may be chosen by the contestant and must be indicated as such on the Application Form
  • One copy of the solo part or piano score must be provided for the judges, and the selections must be clearly marked and easy to locate quickly – photocopies are NOT acceptable, and will result in disqualification
  • Memorization is required for piano and voice (oratorio and chamber music excepted), optional for others; vocalists are expected to present music in different languages
  • Contestants must bring their own accompanist, if the piece requires – an accompanist will NOT be provided
  • Contestants will be judged on musicality, technique, interpretation, stage presence and presentation, style, and execution

Application Deadline: Friday,October 5th, 5:00 p.m.

Audition Date: Friday, October 12th, 12:00-3:00 p.m., Kaplan Concert Hall

Winner’s Recital Date: Tuesday, November 6th, 11:00 a.m., Kaplan Concert Hall

 

James L. Dunbar, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Award: $1,768

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate Music Major
  • Non-traditional student 25+ years of age
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Process

  • Complete the Common Application form
  • Submit most recent transcript(s)
  • Provide an application statement: Approximately 500 words defining your future career goals and how your degree will assist you in achieving those goals
  • Two (2) faculty letters of recommendation
  • All application materials may be sent to Prof. Jason Rigby, Department of Music:
  • Selection is made by audition. Two contrasting styles are required; Composition students may present a portfolio of their work; One copy of the solo part or piano score much be provided for the judges-photocopies are not acceptable.

Application Deadline: Friday, October 5th, 5:00 p.m.

Audition Date: Friday, October 12th, 12:00-3:00 p.m., Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall

 

Kenton Scholarship

Award: $896

Eligibility:

  • Full time or part time undergraduate Music Major studying Jazz
  • No GPA requirement

Process:

  • Applicants must be nominated by the Department of Music Jazz Division faculty – i.e. students do not self-nominate

 

 

Ben O'Brien/Music and Arts Center Memorial Scholarship

Award: $3,103

Eligibility

  • Full-time Junior or Senior Music Education Major
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstration of financial need

Process

  • Complete the Ben O’Brien Application form
  • Submit most recent transcript(s)
  • Provide a Statement of Need with supporting documentation which shows extraordinary financial need
  • Two (2) faculty letters of recommendation
  • All application materials may be sent to Prof. Melissa Mccabe, Music Education Division Leader, Department of Music:
  • Selection is made by interview and audition

Application Deadline: Friday, November 2nd, 12:00 p.m.

Interview/Audition Date: T.B.A.